|Saenger Theater on opening day in 1929.|
|This is one of the ornate mansions in New Orleans that contributed to Emile Weil's sterling reputation.|
The Saenger Theater opened in Hattiesburg on Thanksgiving day 1929, and was immediately a well received property. It soon became known as "The jewel of downtown Hattiesburg". The theater was art-deco in its ornamentation and style, which was the style du jour in the 1920's and 1930's. The theater could seat over 1,000 and featured a full orchestra pit and a 778-pipe Robert Morton organ. This organ would be used to accompany the silent movies that first played in the Saenger, and also during intermissions between pictures. The organ was known for being one of the finest in the South.
|A good example of art-deco style ornamentation from the Saenger lobby.|
|A balcony light fixture from the Saenger.|
|The main chandelier in the theater auditorium. It weighs over a ton, and contains more than 500 pieces of glazed glass.|
|Art-deco sconce from theater auditorium.|
|The Saenger present day.|